Obama Urges Supporters to Press Lawmakers on Fiscal Cliff Plan

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The election is over, but President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is still at work.

The campaign e-mailed supporters today, urging them to call their representatives and tell them to support Obama's fiscal cliff plan. It's a plan that includes raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

Obama is pushing his approach to averting the fiscal cliff during a visit to Michigan today. He's speaking to auto workers at a plant outside Detroit.

He met yesterday at the White House with House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur). Neither side is providing details of the meeting, which comes just three weeks before a flurry of tax hikes and spending cuts start taking effect.

Some Republican lawmakers are suggesting that the party give in on taxes in order to win concessions from Obama on changes to benefit programs such as Medicare. But Boehner's office is indicating today that the speaker isn't ready to take that step.

A spokesman says, "The Republican offer made last week remains the Republican offer." He's referring to a GOP plan that offered $800 billion in new revenue over the next decade by reducing or eliminating some tax breaks, but not by raising tax rates. The spokesman says Republicans are waiting for Obama to identify where he is willing to cut spending.


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